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On May 21, 2009, a registered student group at UC Irvine called the Muslim Student Union featured extremist British politician and Israel-basher George Galloway, who spoke about his group called Viva Palestina and the convoys of supply-filled vehicles that the group was bringing into Gaza. This program was part of the annual Israel-bashing event that the Muslim Student Union sponsors on campus, this one entitled
There is evidence that at the event, funds were solicited from the audience for Viva Palestina. There is additional evidence including a 31-page report about Viva Palestina prepared by terrorism experts at Steve Emersons Investigative Project on Terrorism that Viva Palestinas goal is not charitable but to provide support to Hamas. In fact, during the March 2009 Viva Palestina convoy to
U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC), the founder of the bipartisan congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, further documented Viva Palestinas links to the terrorist group Hamas and recently called on the U.S. Treasury Department to swiftly take action to designate Viva Palestina as a supporter of a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and thus prevent this group from continuing to provide material and/or financial aid to Hamas. In her letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Congresswoman Myrick wrote that Viva Palestina held more than 20 fundraisers in cities throughout the
U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, recently called on Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate Galloway, Viva Palestina, and an entity called the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizations/Pastors for Peace (apparently a conduit for the receipt of funds for Viva Palestina) , to determine whether they have been soliciting funds for Hamas, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Congressman Sherman has also urged UC Irvines Chancellor, Dr. Michael V. Drake, to thoroughly investigate the Muslim Student Unions Galloway/Viva Palestina event, and to keep him apprised of the investigations status.
Calling the evidence of fundraising alarming, Congressman Sherman said, I believe your investigation will confirm that the UCI MSU [Muslim Student Union] has solicited funds for a terrorist organization (or knowingly aided and abetted such solicitation). After you confirm these facts, I believe you will, at a minimum, prevent the MSU from operating on campus unless and until its leadership is purged of those responsible.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has also expressed concern. In a letter to the Attorney General, the ADL urged the Justice Department to investigate whether Viva Palestina has been raising funds for the purpose of providing material support to Hamas.
On behalf of the Presidents Conference, Alan P. Solow and Malcolm Hoenlein informed Attorney General Holder that [w]e write in support of the